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Repak Announces Largest-Ever Nationwide Recycling Audit

By Sarah O'Sullivan
Repak Announces Largest-Ever Nationwide Recycling Audit

Repak announced the launch of its largest-ever nationwide recycling audit, to mark World Environment Day, on Wednesday 5 June.

The audit aims to test the country’s understanding of recycling best practices and expose common misunderstandings among the public.

Repak’s announcement comes after recent research commissioned by the organisation identified a significant knowledge gap in the Irish public when it comes to recycling.

Despite good intentions, there is a concerning amount of confusion over what can go in the recycling bin.

Although 88% of people stated that they are confident in their recycling abilities, only 52% were correctly able to identify what can go in the recycling bin when asked.

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The Audit

The environmental not-for-profit organisation, with a third-party research provider, will quiz 2,000 Irish people on their recycling knowledge, as part of a nationwide ‘recycling knowledge audit’ this summer.

Data collected from the audit will be used to develop an information campaign to educate the public on recycling and promote responsible practices.

If all individuals and businesses took the time to separate their packaging and make sure it’s clean, dry and loose, the country will make important steps towards meeting EU targets and creating a more sustainable environment.

Even small mistakes can have a detrimental impact, however, further Repak research revealed that almost half of those surveyed (41%) believe that minor recycling errors don’t have an impact on the overall recycling process.

‘Every Individual’s Actions Count’

Speaking about the launch of the audit, Repak’s chief executive, Zoë Kavanagh, said, “This World Environment Day, Repak is excited to announce the launch of its largest-ever Recycling Knowledge Audit.

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“This initiative aims to gain a clear understanding of the current recycling aptitude among Irish residents.

“By identifying where we, as a nation, are falling short in recycling best practices, we can implement better habits to become more environmentally conscious in our daily lives.

“The audit will help us tackle misconceptions directly and add significant value to Ireland’s journey towards improved recycling standards in the future.

“There is a significant knowledge gap in proper segregation and recycling practices.

“Today, on World Environment Day, we urge the public to take a step back and review their recycling habits.

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“Every individual’s action counts when it comes to meeting Ireland’s EU recycling targets, no matter how big or small.

“We encourage everyone to take the time to ensure we are correctly segregating our waste – clean, dry and loose – to contribute to a greener Ireland.”

For tips and tricks on recycling best practices, visit www.repak.ie.

Read More: Repak Reveals Earth Day Tips As Ireland Risks Missing Recycling Goals

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